John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and advisor. He helps companies, cities and regions design place-based innovation platforms that benefit all life, not just human life. He is senior advisor on the new Masters in Relational Design at Pontio, in North Wales. His most recent book – How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow’s World Today – will be published in China this autumn.
John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years – first in Amsterdam, and later in cities throughout India. He has led xskool workshops in 15 countries. He was the first director of the Netherlands Design Institute, and has helped establish other innovation institutes in Italy, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and the UK. Thackara was commissioner of the social innovation biennial, Dott 07, in England, and the ecological city biennial, City Eco Lab, in France. At the Royal College of Art, where he was formerly Director of Research, he is now a Senior Fellow.